West Midlands Ambulance Service issue appeal for volunteer lifesavers

Reporter:

Barrie White

West Midlands Ambulance Service is looking for volunteers to be come Community First Responders (CFRs) in the county.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities.

Trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally- recognised level, CFRs will learn basic life support and how to use a defibrillator, as well as how to deal with a range of medical and traumatic emergencies, and then spending time training alongside ambulance staff before going ‘live’.

When CFRs book on for their voluntary shift, the Trust’s control room will send them to medical emergencies in their community while an ambulance is en-route.

CFRs are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, when every minute really does count.

To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence. West Midlands Ambulance Service will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided.

To find out more and to apply for this exciting voluntary life-saving role, visit NHS Jobs via www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for ‘Community First Responder’. The closing date for applications is tomorrow.

Email:

barrie.white@nwn.co.uk

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